leeds are going back for bellusci and holding on to byram – for nowBack
Leeds United have gone back to Catania for defender Giuseppe Bellusci, after the late failure of last week’s deal for Frederik Sorensen.
Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli claims the loan move for Bellusci is a done deal, and that he will arrive tomorrow for a year with a year to right to buy; the YEP’s Phil Hay is a bit more cautious about calling the move complete, given last week’s shenanigans with Sorensen and the failure of a deal for Bellusci earlier in the summer:
It’s right that Leeds are back in for Bellusci – which is a big about-turn. Couldn’t agree wages first time around. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 11, 2014
Nicknamed The Warrior, Bellusci is 24 years old and has played 99 times for Catania; last season he was booked five times and sent off twice in twenty appearances, although rumours that he had a romance with Canadian musician Grimes seem to begin and end on Wikipedia.
While Bellusci’s arrival (if confirmed – we’ve been here before) should add to the Leeds defence, one defender may yet be taken away before the end of the transfer window; it doesn’t look as though Southampton have taken the rejection of a £4millionish bid for Sam Byram as a final no, and both they and Sunderland could be back with increased offers. The YEP report that Byram’s agent has told the club he wants to be able to consider suitable offers from Premier League clubs, but the £8m value United set for Sam twelve months may dictate what kind of offer is suitable.